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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 11, 2014

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Photos of the Week Parent Volunteers Needed Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar September 2014 Fri 12 In Service – No School for MS and HS Thurs 18 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS. Fri 19 Painting the HS,12:30 to 4:00 (See Parent Volunteers Needed below) Thurs 25 1st Annual CHALK Festival with South Royalton High School (See Gen News below) Fri 26 Painting the HS, 12:30 to 4:00 (See Parent Volunteers Needed below) Photos of the Week Middle Schoolers have jumped right into the first unit of their integrated curriculum, delving into the theme of “Living in Vermont.” They are reflecting on how Vermont’s cultural traditions, physical landscape, climate, biome, history and government help to shape who they are as individuals.     In Art (photos on the left), students studied Andy Goldworthy’s art and climbed into the woods behind the high school to make their own place-inspired art. In Science (photos on the right), students collected crayfish from the White River, sending their observations and data to the White River Partnership. Back to Top Parent Volunteers Needed Angelique McAlpine Volunteer and Development Coordinator (802)353-1477 volunteer@sharonacademy.net   Friday Afternoon Work Crew Needed to Paint the High School: We will be painting the exterior of the HS building from 12:30 to 4pm on Friday the 19th and Friday the 26th. Please sign up to join us! We’ll have fun and contribute to keeping our beautiful school in good condition. Give Angelique a call at 353-1477 or email volunteer@sharonacademy.net to sign up for one or both days. Thanks! SIGN UP NOW: Concession Stand Volunteers and Coordinator Needed Concession Staffers: All parents welcome! Even if you do not have a child on a sports team your talents can be used to help staff the Concessions Stand at home games. Please take a moment to look at our Google Concessions Scheduling  sheet  (click here) and and sign up when you are available. This is a great way to meet lots of parents you wouldn’t normally connect with, and have a fun time supporting the school. Questions? Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net Concession Staffing Coordinator is the perfect volunteer job if you need an opportunity that doesn’t require you to be at the school. Using Google Docs you will recruit and send out reminder notices to parents who have signed up for shifts, and fill empty shifts. A great way to meet lots of other parents and join a fun team of people. Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net URGENT: Ball Field Liner Needed Do you love being outside and have an appreciation for those beautiful crispy white lines on a soccer field? This is the job for you! A weekly commitment for the season would be ideal. The school has the equipment and can train you. Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net Back to Top Appreciations We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any celebrations or accomplishments.   Volunteer Appreciations Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to chaperone field trips at the middle school this week. With your help, we’ve had a great time extending our classrooms out into the Sharon community. Thank you to all of our families for bringing delicious and abundant plates of food to the potluck. A special appreciation goes out to...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 5, 2014

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Welcome New Staff Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar September 2014 Thurs 11 Middle School Information Night for all MS parents: 6:30pm at the MS. Thurs 11 College Fair for all 11th and 12th graders: Buses leave TSA at 7:30am for the College Fair in Burlington. Fri 12 In Service – No School for MS and HS Thurs 18 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS. Thurs 25 1st Annual CHALK Festival with South Royalton High School (See Gen News below) ** ** ** ** ** ** Welcome Welcome to the 2014/2015 school year. The most obvious, and common, question I am asked at the beginning of each school year is, “How is it going?” It’s an essential question; one we all ask ourselves every year after the first few days of school. The answer however, is as elusive as the question is obvious. What is it exactly that defines a successful start? How would we know? What are the benchmarks? The first few weeks of school are a time that we both eagerly anticipate and dedicate a tremendous amount of planning to. Each year, approximately 20 – 25% of our student body are new. Each year, we ask our rising seniors and 8th graders to step up into the leadership roles that have been vacated by graduating students. Setting the tone and getting the energy right are essential aspects for our first two weeks of school. I feel fortunate to work with a group of educators that understands this need and works so diligently each year to try and get it right. The secret to success is no secret. It’s messaging and modeling. We have to get the message right and we have to be modeling it the first minutes that students arrive. If we are consistent and articulate and if students sense our commitment to the TSA community, then we often find ourselves getting off on the right foot. As always there are intangibles, circumstances that are both hard to define and unpredictable. Those intangibles can play a huge role as they did three years ago when tropical storm Irene exerted such a devastating impact on our communities. Irene is an extreme example, many others are much more subtle. Regardless, they play a role as well and we need to be both vigilant and flexible as we respond and adjust. This year the start of school has felt magical. Faculty and staff have been exceptionally clear and consistent in their messaging and extraordinarily positive and upbeat with their energy. It would be impossible to ask for more. The senior class did an outstanding job welcoming the 9th graders, 7th graders have thrown themselves into their new school with gusto and laughter, the 9th graders have arrived full of anticipation and wonder, the weather has been spectacular, and fall soccer is off to a great start. You can positively feel its cumulative effect as you walk in our doors. Michael Livingston Back to Top Welcome New Staff Please help us to welcome our new staff members! Angelique McAlpine, Volunteer and Development Coordinator Having been a TSA Parent Volunteer herself for many years, Angelique is ideally suited to head up our volunteer efforts. She will be working with all TSA parents to help them find the...

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Important Reminders

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

Please click on the image below to download a PDF that includes  all of the reminders you need for the first few days of school....

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, June 12, 2014

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar June 2014 Fri 13 Field Day! Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm Fri 13 8th Grade Graduation, 6:30 – 9:00pm at the High School Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm at the High School Welcome to the last regular newsletter of the year!  You will receive a few communications from TSA over the summer, but this is the last weekly newsletter until in August. Appreciations We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any celebrations or accomplishments. Thank you to all of the families who donated food for our food drive at the High School.  We delivered  487 items to the Sharon and Chelsea food shelves.  Lisanne‘s advisory won the contest of bringing in the most food with 222 items.  Thank you as well to Jill Gramling ’15 for organizing the event.   Thank you to the many people who contributed to helping our exchange student, Justice Magere, by supporting the fundraising effort to pay for his schooling in Kenya for the next two years. We met our goal of $700 – enough to pay for the next two years. Congratulations to Alexxy Kendall ’18, on the research she conducted as a part of the Middle School Science Fair.  Alexxy worked with Dartmouth Graduate student Sam Roberts on her science fair project.  Her project focused on the effect of caffeine on chromosome number in Ashbya gossypii. Over the past six weeks, Alexxy has spent multiple days in the lab at Dartmouth conducting her research. Last Tuesday, she presented her findings to a group of professors, graduate students, and teachers at Dartmouth. Please join us in wishing farewell to Justice and Deniz, the two exchange students who have spent the year with us.  It has been an honor hosting them both.  Thank you, Justice and Deniz, for staying with us and for teaching us more about Kenya and Turkey.  We so enjoyed getting to know both of you.  We will miss you. Check out the games that the Programming Elective has created this quarter: http://sharonacademy.org/programming-elective-game-projects/ Have fun! Back to Top   General News PAX NEWS Fredrick from Kenya has two great host families for next year. We need two more host families for Fatima from Pakistan. Fatima is a very energetic and fun-loving girl. She loves playing soccer and hockey, acting, painting, drawing, reading, cooking hanging out with friends, most importantly, sharing meal time with her family.  What matters most to her are the relationships that she has and  helping with the problems that humans face.  She says, “I believe humans around the world have the same issues and by being more homogenized, we can resolve them.” Fatima is eagerly waiting for the day when she can experience “American culture and traditions…and observe it at a closer glance” while bringing her own culture and experience to share with others.  Fatima is an exceptional student with an “A” GPA and 10 years of English.  She is described by her teachers as being “a motivational instrument for her classmates.” She aspires to attend Harvard in the hopes of becoming a physicist. By coming to the States Fatima believes, “this experience would help me to improve as a human being and become more understanding and mature.” TSA would love to have Fatima enrich our lives next year. We need a family or two to open their home/s to her.  For more information contact Carol Harry, PAX Community Coordinator at 802-763-8014 or...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 29, 2014

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar May 2014 Fri 30 MS Semi Formal See MS News Below June 2014  Sun 1 All Community Service Hours for the 2013/2014 school year are due. Thurs 5 MS Science Fair Mon 9 HS Exam Review Day Tues – Thurs 10 – 12 HS Exam Days Fri 13 Field Day!  Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm Fri 13  8th Grade Graduation 6:30 – 9:00pm Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm Appreciations We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any celebrations or accomplishments.   Many thanks to all of the parents who drove middle school students to and from High Five.  We had a fabulous three days and we greatly appreciate your effort to make this possible.  Thank you again!  Congratulations to Prize Math winners!  Seniors Paul Roberts and Greta Binzen both received a Certificate of Merit.  Chris Gish ’16 placed in the top 10% in Vermont, won Author of the Best Exam Paper from TSA and  won a Certificate of Merit. Thank you to our seniors for your “Senior Thank” –  a revitalized Volley Ball Court – is a wonderful gift that we are already enjoying.  The time you spent leveling, planting, moving rocks, and generally making the place look inviting is very much appreciated.  Oh yeah, and thank you for the zombies… Back to Top   General News Upcoming  Graduations:  Graduations at TSA have traditionally been community-wide events.  Just as we work to create community within the school to support our students in their growth, we work as a community to celebrate the transformations these students have experienced and to mark these important transitions.  We therefore ask our parents to help us to prepare for our graduations.  In the MS and the HS sections of this newsletter, you will find requests for help with our 8th grade and 12th grade graduations.  We look forward to your involvement! Dress Code Reminder: As the weather continues to warm, we ask you, our families, to help students follow the Dress Code at TSA.  Here are excerpts from our Handbooks to remind you of our expectations: Middle School:  Students should be prepared every day to participate in activities both outside and inside the building. Students should wear (or bring) clothing that allows them to move freely and stay warm. If girls wear dresses and/or shoes with heels, they should bring alternative clothing. Students should have at least one pair of shoes that they can exercise in safely. In addition, clothing should not be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, exposed underwear, bare midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school during break times but not during classes. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines. High School: Students are asked to dress appropriately. Clothing cannot be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, tube tops, exposed underwear, bared midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school at the discretion of staff. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines. Fundraising for Justice: Many of us have had the opportunity to get to know Justice (our exchange student from Kenya) this...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 15, 2014

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar May 2014 Fri 16 All HS Trip See HS News below Sat 17 Prom 7:30pm – 11:00pm See HS News below Mon 19 No MS Afterschool Program Tues – Thurs 20 – 22 All MS Trip to High 5 Fri 23 MS Only – No School See MS News below Thurs 29 NEW DATE: Last Cafe Night of the Year Fri 30 MS Semi Formal See MS News Below   Please note: All Community Service Hours for the year are due on June 1st. See Gen News Below The last day of school – June 13th, will end at 2:00 May at TSA The month of May is a very busy month at TSA. Please be sure to read this newsletter carefully to keep track of all that is happening.   Appreciations We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any celebrations or accomplishments. Thank you to Deniz and Justice for teaching us about Turkey and Kenya.  We loved learning about where you are from! Back to Top Job Openings TSA currently has 4 part time positions available. Development and Marketing Coordinator Career/College Advisory High School Novice French Middle School Spanish and French For full details, please visit our website: www.sharonacademy.org/job-openings/ Alumni News COQUETTE, the band comprised of TSA class of 2013 graduates Angus Davis, Cobalt and Titien Tolbert, will be playing on: May 18th at Moog’s Place in Morrisville, VT as part of the Hammerjam Music Festival May 30th at Espresso Bueno in Barre, VT at 8pm June 6th at the Main Street Museum in WRJ, VT at 8pm Listen to their CD on: www.bandnamedcoquette.bandcamp.com CARTER GLASS, the band, composed of 2013 graduates Caleb Freeberg, Angus Davis, Cobalt and Titien Tolbert, will be playing around the Upper Valley all summer long. To find out when, click here Save the Dates for TSA’s first ever ALUMNI REUNION for Classes 2001-2009: Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014. The steering committee of TSA Alumni have planned a great 2-day reunion including: cocktails, a barbeque, and a bonfire! For more information, updates, and details on the reunion, please click here: http://tsareunion.wordpress.com Please pass the word – there are many alumni for whom we do not have contact information.   General News Tuition and Fees:  All tuition and fees should now be paid in full.  If you have an outstanding balance, please send in your payment or contact Janice by phone: 763.2500 x105 or jstumpf@sharonacademy.net with a plan for how your payment will be made.  TSA runs a very tight budget – your assistance in paying promptly is greatly appreciated. June 1st deadline for Community Service: Please remember to get all of your community service hours in before June 1st in order to be counted for this year. This is especially true for Seniors. If a senior does not get their Community Service hours in before June 1st, they will walk in graduation without a diploma. Additionally, transcripts will not be sent until Community Service work is completed. To use the easy online submission form, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/portals/current-students-and-parents/community-service-log/ Back to Top Middle School News Afterschool Homework Support Group:  Homework Support for students is available at the middle school from 3:30-5:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please come for extra help, for organizational support or for a quiet environment. Light snacks served. Please contact Nicki Abetti at nabetti@sharonacademy.net or 763-2531 or 802-279-282.  Please Note: This...

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